Part Three: Stress Reduction

While delivering this important talk to the community and women of Dickson. I absolutely loved discussing ways that they made their stress decrease. In fact, we had a fun roundtable where each woman talked about what they do to decrease their own stress with the Dickson County Chamber.

This included what is included in their self-care routine. I wanted to share with you a few things that I found enlightening:

  • Take a bath, with my favorite book
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation and deep breathing
  • Taking myself out to eat
  • Going on a shopping spree
  • Taking an art class
  • Chocolate!
  • Yoga, Pilates
  • Going to long walks or hiking with the family
  • Golfing
  • Spa day!

These are just a few of the examples that I heard at the event. I am so happy to know that the women of Dickson love take care of themselves and their body.

All these activities engage the parasympathetic nervous system the part of our nervous system that engages our rest and digest functions. We discussed this a few weeks ago, in part one of this blog. This engagement allows more balance in our system especially when we are sympathetically dominate.

I want to remind you to take a moment each day to do something for yourself. In no way is this selfish. In fact, these small acts will allow your body to better function so that you can live a better longer life.

I also want to remind you that if you have any questions about how your Chiropractor can further assist you with your health journey give us a call at (615) 375–7100

Thank you for reading my three-part blog. Will see you next week for our next topic!
-Dr. Hebdon


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